Building Development Studies for the New Millennium

Meet the authors in our webinar series!

Our webinar series provides the unique opportunity to directly engage with the contributors of the book, to learn more about the research behind and to challenge and discuss!

20 May, 2pm (CET): "Knowledge Production, Ownership and the Power of Definition: Perspectives on and from Sub-Saharan Africa" with Henning Melber. Melber engages with challenges that scholars and researchers face in striving for genuine research collaboration and knowledge production in a North–South interaction. He maps asymmetries in scholarly interaction generally and examines African realities specifically. Register here.

Watch past webinars online!

"Building Development Studies for the New Millennium" with Isa Baud and Elisabetta Basile (18 February 2019). The editors of the book give an introduction to the book and outline how and why the field needs to engage with new paradigms and narratives, methodologies and perspectives from the Global South. Watch the video here

"Engaged Excellence in Development Studies" with Melissa Leach and John Gaventa (19 March 2019). Leach and Gaventa share their reflections and experiences in seeking to promote positive transformative change that is strategically informed by research and knowledge. Watch the video here

Read our blog posts by chapter authors

Development Studies Need Social Engagement! by Elisabetta Basile and Isa Baud

Engaged Excellence in Development Studies by Melissa Leach

Can we understand the prospects of development without understanding its environmental dimension? by Imme Scholz

Knowledge, Asymmetric Power Relations and Us by Henning Melber

Development Studies in Spanish: Critical, Constructive and Peripheral by Rogelio Madrueño Aguilar and Pablo José Martínez Oses

How Francophone Scholarship Deepened our Understanding of Democracy and Social Change by Christine Lutringer

The Book

  • Contributes to debates on current state and future visions of international development studies (IDS)
  • Presents contributions of Anglophone, Francophone and Spanish-language social science traditions and academic communities in the global South by leading scholars in the field
  • Discusses recent epistemological and ontological discussions on knowledges and qualities of engaged research


Isa Baud is Emeritus Professor of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Elisabetta Basile is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.

Tiina Kontinen is Senior Lecturer at the Master Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Susanne von Itter is Executive Director of EADI, Germany.

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New in the Global Development Series, Published January 2019

This book brings together multiple critical assessments of the current state and future visions of global development studies. It examines how the field engages with new paradigms and narratives, methodologies and scientific impact, and perspectives from the Global South. The authors focus on social and democratic transformation, inclusive development and global environmental issues, and implications for research practices. Leading academics provide an excellent overview of recent insights for post-graduate students and scholars in these research areas.